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Reasons for closing questions: too little effort

This is, in a certain way, a reiteration of Henri Menke's question/request "Please add more off-topic close reasons". At the moment of writing this, this question has one highly voted answer, which ...
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Is underlining the reputation of a just-do.it-for-me asker inappropriate?

Recently I commented a just-do-it-for-me question by an old user with something like "More than 7000 (!) reputation points without trying to do something by yourself and adding an MWE?" Now the ...
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Often referenced questions

Quick links (alphabetically) Additional (math) operators, relations and so on ❧ Beamer ❧ Bibliographies and citations ❧ Classes and class options ❧ Correct centering ❧ Cross-referencing, including ...
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TeX Community Polls

Welcome to the TeX.SX Community Poll thread! This thread is used for opinion and usage polls around TeX and TeX.sx. The poll questions are added as "answers" to this "question". Their answers have ...
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How is it possible to answer a closed question without asking for it to be reopened?

This question was closed by a prominent contributor with 87 gold badges including the boxes badge (which tags this question) at 4:48 pm. Another prominent contributor with 9 gold badges himself, but ...
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Thanks to the Community

I know that the post will very likely be deleted. I try it anyway: I just finished my (German) PHD project and I wanted to thank the community here for all the help and inspiration. The thesis can ...
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Community wiki: simple and exhaustive explanation

In relation to a question already asked What does "Community Wiki" mean?, what exactly does it mean? I, for example, have not understood why this option exists. Am I already included in ...
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Has the size of the text in TeX.SE decreased?

For about a week I have noticed some small worsening on the visualization of the site TeX.SE. As you can see from the rectangles that I highlighted with the color orange, the text has a smaller size ...
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What to do with questions whose accepted answer invalidates the question?

Let's consider utf8 or latin1 encoding - german. When you look at the wording, you may notice that this question makes no sense for UTF-8 compilers with their default settings (these compilers would ...
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Graphs on the duration of access to the TeX.SE site for professional training

In a previous question A clock into StackExchange to access time counting, given the numerous frequent changes and updates by the operators of the site I would like to know if there is a possibility ...
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Preparing for Groundhog Day

As you probably all know, Groundhog Day is approaching. As usual, it will be on February 2. And since probably nobody wants to have a long period of lousy weather, I think we should be better prepared ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Bountiful 2019 Questions

This is a TeX related question but first some background. I love this forum for some of it quirkiness amongst its more serious intent of supporting and educating Tex users. (There are those who help ...
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Support questions about overleaf off-topic?

We got several questions on the main site about compilation and maybe other problems with Overleaf, an online LaTeX-Editor. Most of them got closed as off-topic or another reason, with comments ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

Yesterday I down-voted the answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/343572/177954 because the websites where the images are from are not disclosed. I left a comment explaining this. Today I noticed ...
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Captcha it is often only for my account?

I wanted to understand if Captcha, computer security codes to distinguish between humans and bots, often happen to me in this period when I have to add an answer on the site TeX.SE. In the last week ...
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Who are the package maintainers here?

Quick links: LaTeX Packages A-M, N-Z ❧ LaTeX Classes ❧ ConTeXt Modules ❧ Generic Packages ❧ Support Scripts ❧ Biblatex Styles A fair few users here have ...
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What was wrong with my question?

Today I noticed that one of my questions ("How to check which command was used to load a .sty file?") was deleted. As the two consecutive downvotes, after nearly two months, without any explanation ...
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Ragged alignment of question titles on main page

update January 18, 2019 Yesterday or so I first noticed this issue seemed to have been solved (possibly network-wide). It my have been so for weeks. I don't know where to link to, if that issue has ...
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A question about ducks and other animals

I'm just out of curiosity. Why people here (TeX.SX users) love ducks so much? What's wrong with other animals, like dogs, cats, birds, fishes, geese, swans, marmots, penguins, or much more other ...
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Multi-line texts overlaps in comment window

Today I was typing a comment to reply a user. However, when I was typing my comment, I saw that -- with (might be due to) the new-interface -- overlapping texts which makes it hard to read (all of a ...
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Consistent policy about downvoting and asking the OP to 'show what they have tried'

I was struck by the difference in reaction to two questions that have a lot in common https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/82894/how-to-build-this-table-in-latex How to draw a sine wave on a ...
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What is a duplicate of what?

I'm sorry for the confusing title, but let's consider the following two questions, which are recently modified on the main site: (1) Is there any way to get real-time compilation for LaTeX? Asked in ...
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Should I make minor edit in the code in the question to make it compilable? [duplicate]

Consider this question: Parallel arrows along a curve with tikz. The OP's code is clearly not compilable. The preamble of the code is not shown. However, we can add a single line \documentclass[...
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Relicensing code from answers

Part of the discussion about packaging some of the TikZ answers into a LaTeX package has centred on the issue of licensing the code. Contributions here are licensed under a CC license (see links at ...
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How to set up viewing preferences to automatically exclude postings of certain specific users?

Just as it is possible to automatically highlight postings if they are "tagged" with various keywords, it is also possible to ignore postings if their tags are on a user-specified "ignore list". ...
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Explicitly indicate the reasons why answering a just-do-it-for-me question

I already said that answering just-do-it-for-me questions gives a wrong signal. Moreover, it makes this site become a just-do-it-for-me(-for-free) service. Indeed, it leads to comments like this ...
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Let us have some TeX-mas fun [completed]

I hope we all know that Christmas is fast approaching. This indeed means that \begin{holidays} with a hope that it never ends \ldots but \ldots \end{holidays}. So, before we start celebrating ...
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When does it make sense to post an additional answer?

Suppose you see a question, which has an answer of which you think it solves the problem. Assume further that you'd now an alternative way of answering this question. Meta-Question: Under which ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Why does the site attempt to track my web browsing?

Firefox (64.0) which I always use in private browsing mode and with tracking detection enabled, indicates that tex.stackexchange.com makes attempts to track my web browsing. edit: this happens ...
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Guidelines for clicking the “upvote”-button/Knowledge test/What is a reputation system worth where people get “upvotes” based on sympathy?

From time to time I see flawed answers in this forum which are not really suitable for accomplishing the task described in the question and which nonetheless get a lot of upvotes. Therefore I suppose ...
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Revoke reopen: correct procedure

Is there a possibility to revoke one's vote-to-reopen a question? What is the procedure and the correct indications to follow?
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Informing new-users about the MWE

Often (or mostly) we all encounter, when a new user asks a question that there is no MWE (done that myself). Also, we mostly ask them to post an MWE via comment. So, apart from giving a tour of the ...
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Poll: which are the “Cinderella” topics?

We all have the feeling that every TikZ post, even the most trivial one, gets a lot of upvotes. My question is: on the contrary, which are the topics that deserve more upvotes than the ones they ...
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Your special moments in TeX - LaTeX StackExchange

This question does not relate to TeX or LaTeX. I wish the question is answered not only by high-reputation users, but also users having lower-reputation. Once you have enough reputation to answer, ...
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In what case should we downvote questions/answers?

I know that we should not downvote all bad questions/answers. So in what case should we downvote those questions/answers?
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How do I get reputation?

Why is there no reputation tag? I tried to enter a new tag, but only users with a high reputation as 300 are able to generate a new one.
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Is it ok to change an OP's question to fit an answer?

An interesting issue has arisen with the question How to use Georgia as a font in LaTeX? In the OP's original question, (s)he demonstrates with a code snippet how (s)he is able to use the Georgia font ...
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Children's photo in the profiles

I've been observing that some users insert images of their very young children. Some photos are probably either downloaded or taken somewhere. I was wondering if this is correct considering that I, ...
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Proposal to add “academic honesty” to the code of conduct

When reading the code of conduct of this site, I was a bit surprised not to see any explicit mention of "academic honesty" there. According to how I read this, you can shamelessly copy tricks or code ...
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Examples of Overleaf users not noticing error messages

I have the impression that a disproportional large fraction of overleaf users don't notice error messages, a typical comment stream often goes like: Question: Why is the image placed incorrectly? ...
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When exactly did TeX.SE graduate? [duplicate]

TeX.SE is listed on Area 51. However, the right-hand column only references that "this site launched ... 8 years ago." It was proposed on June 2, 2010; had a commitment start on June 22, 2010; went ...
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How to gather more information for decisions on reopen votes?

When reviewing the questions marked for reopening, I quite often wonder why that question was marked for reopening. For example, I've seen questions closed as duplicates, and the OP added a comment or ...
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Bounty for bad answer

Dear users I have recently offered a new bounty. If the answer is modest or inconsistent or insufficient what are the actions I should take?
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Why are edits correcting an answer to reflect the current state of affairs rejected?

The top answer of the top question of the rubber tag currently states that rubber is not actively developed. While it may be true that rubber development was in a hiatus around the time the answer was ...
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Unable to update the edits while the initially performed edit is in progress

While editing questions, previously, I remember that we can re-edit the questions by other users while it is being reviewed and the lastest edit is the one that will be reviewed: to either get ...
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Referencing and saving Stack Exchange Questions and Answers

When I find an answer to a question I would like to be able to save the text of the question and answer(s) and also the code in text format so that I can study and modify it for my own use. Is there a ...
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Make TeX.SX look nice again!

A collection of user scripts to make the main site look a bit better again, after the new design has gone live on August 3, 2018. The scripts can be used e.g. with Tampermonkey (Chrome) Greasemonkey ...